Three simple words.
Sitting at the afterparty, a derby girl I’d just met, just played with for the first time that night, sat across from me at the table I was sitting at and asked me, “Are you ok?”
She saw that I was teary when I came into the dressing room. She wanted to check in with me that I was ok.
She asked, and was genuinely concerned. She genuinely wanted to know. And so I told her.
And she… she listened. And understood.
She held space and let me talk for 5 minutes.
Because.. she truly wanted to know. Was I ok?
I was. And having someone just take those 5 minutes, take that time to be genuine, I was even MORE ok when we were done talking.
If you randomly read this, for whatever reason, Amanda… thank you. Thank you for that moment of just being genuine and holding space and allowing me, for one moment, to just not be ok… before I was ok again. Thank you for that moment.